Of course we all do this to a certain extent but when you are completely blocking out other people's ideas/arguments, I do believe this form of "pick and choosing" of information can be dangerous. For example, if I firmly(for whatever reason) believe that bee stings cure MS, I am pretty confident I could search Google and come up with numerous testimonies/professionals hailing this as the next new emerging MS therapy and if I posted these so called "facts" over and over and over again, people might start to believe them. I am not saying people are dumb. Hell reading is how we get a lot of our information but this has kind of become the trend of how we(yes not just people with MS) seek our "information". Although we will disagree I think this is what has happened to CCSVI and why so many people have bought into it(not saying it should not be investigated further.) Take a look at this forum-.Formula: Paste many testimonials of people who have had "recoveries" after angioplasty, add in some obscure medical posts you dig up on the internet,post here, and talk them up like they prove the second coming of Christ, and presto you have a legitimate MS treatment option!!! I will once again take a hiatus from posting on here, for various reasons, but I do encourage people to continue offering different viewpoints on this forum so that we do not become the "Fox News" or "MSNBC" of the MS support forum world! Wow, maybe I am starting to take this stuff a little to seriously!!!!
The weapon of choice for many of the most politically-powerful neurologists and other detractors of the theory of CCSVI is the main means by which they maintain their blockade on the science of it and their self-delusion, which is not only harmful to CCSVI/"MS" patients, but actually harmful to science itself, and harmful to the profession and practice of neurology. The Internet was never advertised to be free from such pitfalls, and it would be reasonable to expect that intelligent scientists would be the first ones to be able to avoid them, however it seems the Internet merely compounds what would have befallen this group in earlier times. They remain prey to greed, corruption, over-inflated egos, and opinions of themselves, which have the unfortunate side-effect of alienating and disrupting any possible communication with those who could assist them. The Internet is the great facilitator of whatever harm people choose to do to themselves and to others. It is a communication channel only. It is completely content-free, and unfortunately amplifies any errors users make. It is also a tool which is easily and frequently misused on purpose, and often without the user's awareness of it's power. More often than the ordinary foolish user, it is the non-nerd elite who are its victims.